Complete 2014 schedule announced for Pirelli World Challenge

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The complete schedule for the 25th anniversary season of the Pirelli World Challenge was released by WC Vision during this week’s SEMA Show festivities in Las Vegas.

The GT and GTS classes are set to compete in 16 races across nine event weekends, while the Touring Car and Touring Car B-Spec classes will have 14 races in seven weekends.

GT/GTS kicks off their 2014 seasons as part of the lineup for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 28-30), and TC/TCB gets started at Barber Motorsports Park on April 25-27.

In all, six event weekends will be run in conjunction with INDYCAR, including the aforementioned St. Pete and Barber, Long Beach, Detroit, Toronto, and Sonoma. The series will also be part of weekends for Trans-Am, ARCA, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR K&N Series.

2014 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

March 28–30, 2014
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL
GT/GTS Rounds 1 and 2, with IndyCar – street/airport circuit **

April 11–13, 2014
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
GT/GTS Round 3, with IndyCar – street circuit *

April 25–27, 2014
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
GT/GTS Rounds 4 and 5, TC/TCB Rounds 1 and 2, with IndyCar – permanent road course **

May 16–18, 2014
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
TC/TCB Rounds 3 and 4, with Trans-Am Series – permanent road course **

May 30–June 1, 2014
Grand Prix of Detroit, Detroit, MI
GT/GTS Rounds 6 and 7, with IndyCar – street circuit **

May 30–June 1, 2014
New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ
TC/TCB Rounds 5 and 6, with Trans-Am Series and ARCA – permanent road course **

June 19–21, 2014
Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
GT/GTS Round 8 and 9, TC/TCB Rounds 7 and 8, with NASCAR Nationwide Series – permanent road course  **

July 18–20, 2014
Honda Indy Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GT/GTS Rounds 10 and 11, with IndyCar – street circuit  **

August 1–3, 2014
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH
GT/GTS Rounds 12 and 13, TC/TCB Rounds 9 and 10, with IndyCar – permanent road course **

August 22–24, 2014
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA
GT/GTS Rounds 14 and 15, with IndyCar – permanent road course **

August 30–31, 2014
Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN
TC/TCB Rounds 11 and 12, with Trans-Am Series – permanent road course **

September 12–13, 2014
Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
GT/GTS Round 16, TC/TCB Rounds 13 and 14, with K&N NASCAR – permanent road course **

** denotes double race weekend   * denotes single race weekend

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.